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The TEACH Act

The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act) passed Congress on October 3, 2002 as part of the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act and was signed into law November 2nd. This act revises section 110(2) of the Copyright Act of 1976 which placed severe restrictions on what copyrighted materials could be used in distance education, i. e. online courses. Laura N. Gasaway has created an excellent chart detailing the difference between the original and amended sections of 110(2).

The new law considerably broadens the types of materials which can be used, but has very strict requirements that must be met. More responsibility is placed at the institutional level including policy making, dissemination of copyright information, and providing technological restrictions. Responsibility for the choice and use of the material remains that of the instructor.

Duties of the institution:

Duties of the Information Technology official:

Duties of instructors:

I encourage you to read "New Copyright Law for Distance Education: The Meaning and Importance of the TEACH Act" by Kenneth Crews.

Added 7 November 2002

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The information on this site is intended to inform the faculty, staff and
students at the College of DuPage about copyright and to provide guidelines
for using and creating copyrighted material. The information should not
be considered legal advice.

For more information contact The Library

 

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